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Benchmarking of the Current Solid Waste Management System in Karbala, Iraq, Using Wasteaware Benchmark Indicators

Abdulredha, MAA, Al Khaddar, RM, Kot, P, Jordan, D and Abdulridha, A (2018) Benchmarking of the Current Solid Waste Management System in Karbala, Iraq, Using Wasteaware Benchmark Indicators. In: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress . pp. 40-48. (World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2018, 03 June 2018 - 07 June 2018, Minneapolis, Minesota, USA).

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Solid waste management (SWM) poses severe problems to the authorities of the city of Kerbala, one of the main tourism centres in Iraq. Due to the city’s limited funds, it is crucial to evaluate the priorities for improvements in SWM services to tackle this problem efficiently. This paper employed Wasteaware benchmark indicators for integrated and sustainable solid waste management to evaluate the city SWM system performance. The data used in this evaluation was collected by in-depth interviews with the management authorities and field observations over two months in 2016. The outcomes showed that the SWM system in the city is weak. It therefore requires several improvements in physical infrastructure and management. Disposal and recycling were the highest priority to be improved among SWM physical components. While, in the management, the authority should have clear strategy for SWM and stakeholders such as public, private waste sector, and informal waste collectors should be included in SWM planning to improve the management services. This study can provide a starting point for the city authorities to prioritise their actions to improve the current SWM system.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This material may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This material may be found at https://ascelibrary.org/doi/pdf/10.1061/9780784481417.004
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Civil Engineering (merged with Built Env 10 Aug 20)
Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 09:52
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:16
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8876
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